Aloe-emodin suppresses prostate cancer by targeting the mTOR complex 2

Kangdong Liu, Chanmi Park, Shengqing Li, Ki Won Lee, Haidan Liu, Long He, Nak Kyun Soung, Jong Seog Ahn, Ann M. Bode, Ziming Dong, Bo Yeon Kim, Zigang Dong

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Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3-K) amplification and phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) deletion-caused Akt activation contribute to the development of prostate cancer. Mammalian target of rapamycin complex 2 (mTORC2) is a kinase complex comprised of mTOR, Rictor, mSin1, mLST8/GβL and PRR5 and functions in the phosphorylation of Akt at Ser473. Herein, we report that mTORC2 plays an important role in PC3 androgen refractory prostate cell proliferation and anchorage-independent growth. Aloe-emodin, a natural compound found in aloe, inhibited both proliferation and anchorage-independent growth of PC3 cells. Protein content analysis suggested that activation of the downstream substrates of mTORC2, Akt and PKCα, was inhibited by aloe-emodin treatment. Pull-down assay and in vitro kinase assay results indicated that aloe-emodin could bind with mTORC2 in cells and inhibit its kinase activity. Aloe-emodin also exhibited tumor suppression effects in vivo in an athymic nude mouse model. Collectively, our data suggest that mTORC2 plays an important role in prostate cancer development and aloe-emodin suppresses prostate cancer progression by targeting mTORC2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1406-1411
Number of pages6
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2012

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This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MEST) (No. 2010-0029233). or Leap Research Program (No. 2010-0029233). -WCI: World Class Institute Program founded by the Korea Research Foundation, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. or WCI 2009-002.


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